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The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded to be one of the world’s leading orchestras on the strength of its performances alone, but there is much more to its work than concerts in concert halls: its many activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme, a record company, a music education centre and exciting work in the field of information technology, and much more. More than 100 years after it was formed, the Lso still attracts excellent players, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work. The Lso’s roster of soloists and conductors is second to none, starting with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, Lso President Sir Colin Davis, and Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas as Principal Guest Conductors.The Lso is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican, presenting over seventy concerts a year here to its London audiences, and has thrived on the stability its permanent home has offered since 1982. In addition, the Orchestra has a unique successful annual residency at Lincoln Centre, New York, and is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel in Paris, also appearing regularly in Japan and the Far East, as well as in all the major European cities.The Lso is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 40,000 people each year. This season Lso Discovery, the Orchestra’s education and community programme, has launched two exceptional new initiatives with its partners the Barbican and Guildhall School: Lso On Track, a long-term investment in young musicians in East London, and Centre for Orchestra, focusing on orchestra training, research and professional development of orchestral musicians.
The award-winning Lso Live is currently the most successful label of its kind in the world. T
here are now over sixty Lso Live releases available globally on Cd, Sacd and on digital music services.
Lso St Luke’s is the home of Lso Discovery, providing a unique mix of public and private events for all types for music lovers. Through the technological facilities at Lso St Luke’s, the Orchestra’s education initiatives can be offered regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Lso St Luke’s works with key artistic partners to present a varied programme of evening and daytime events, including Bbc Radio 3 and Tv, Barbican and the Guildhall School.